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Bill Goichberg

William "Bill" Goichberg (born November 11, 1942) is a chess master and former president of the United States Chess Federation (USCF). He is a USCF Life Master and FIDE Master. He is National Tournament Director and International Arbiter of FIDE (World Chess Federation). He became president of the New York State Chess Association, which organizes chess tournaments in New York. He was elected USCF President on August 14, 2005.


After graduating from New York University in 1963, Goichberg worked as USCF Rating Statistician from 1964 to 1967. He became co-editor of Chess Life with Ed Edmondson in 1966, and in 1968 founded Continental Chess Association.

Goichberg organized numerous tournaments and became the first to run USCF-rated scholastic tournaments (1966), rated Quads (1969) and non-smoking tournaments (1973). In 1976 he was captain of the world champion U.S. Chess Olympiad team.

Goichberg was a member of the USCF Policy Board (now called "Executive Board") in 1975-78, 1989-92 and 1996-99. From November 2003 to January 2004 he was USCF Office Manager and in 2004 became USCF Executive Director.

Goichberg is co-editor of Official Rules of Chess (1993; ISBN 0-8129-2217-4) and authored many articles for Chess Life.

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